Top Ten Tuesday: The best books I read in 2018


Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019! 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Best Books I Read In 2018.

According to Goodreads, I gave a 5-star rating to 73 books in 2018, and a 4-star rating to 83. That makes 156 books that I pretty much loved. Yowza, what a year! I don’t think I can limit myself to just 10 books here… so I’ll highlight a few, include a few others by category, and see how it all works out…

Here are (just a few of) my favorites from 2018:

1) Powerful family drama set in Alaska: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (review)

2) Two views of an an ancient classic: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (review)

3) Terrific historical fiction that I read because of my book group: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (review) and The Chilbury Lady’s Choir by Jennifer Ryan (review)

4) A surprising moving short novel by Stephen King:  Elevation (review)

5) Amazing woman-power science fiction:  The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (review)

6) Action/adventure with THE BEST heroic duo: Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer (review)

7) New books in beloved series:

8) Deliciously fun contemporary romance: 

9) Intriguing story collections:

10) A couple of classics that I finally read!


What were your favorite reads of 2018? Please leave me your link!


Wishing one and all a terrific new year filled with wonderful books!





22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The best books I read in 2018

  1. Great Alone was such a great book! I also loved reading it. I haven’t read The Song of Achilles but Circe was amongst top 10 books of 2018 for me so I’m definitely keen to check it out soon.

    So many great books for my future reading, thanks! 😊

    • I’m really looking forward to reading Circe! I picked up a copy already, but my book group decided to read it later in 2019, so I’m going to hold off until then. The Song of Achilles was just beautiful — I listened to the audiobook, and loved it.

  2. Great list, Lisa, it looks like you had an amazing reading year! I need to get to Circe and The Silence of the Girls soon, and I’d like to read The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, too. I can’t wait to read more Carriger this year!

    • I love Gail Carriger! Her Facebook group is doing a readalong of ALL of her books this year — and while I don’t think I have the time (or stamina) to do it, I’m a little tempted. It sounds like fun!

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